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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?
(a) He makes a run for it.
(b) He allows himself to be killed.
(c) He starts paddling the raft.
(d) He goes mad.

2. How is the relationship between Seth and Richard?
(a) They are close.
(b) They are not close but not estranged.
(c) None of the answers is correct.
(d) They are estranged.

3. Who is Seth to Richard Hagstrom?
(a) His son.
(b) His nephew.
(c) His uncle.
(d) His brother.

4. In "The Mist," what precipitates the thick fog?
(a) An unusual drop in temperature.
(b) A thunderstorm.
(c) A strange smell.
(d) A foghorn.

5. Who is Mike Scollay?
(a) A jilted lover.
(b) A loan shark.
(c) A mob boss.
(d) A small-time racketeer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Rachel when she leans over to touch the object floating on the lake?

2. What does Maureen do after the confrontation between Mike and the Greek?

3. What is the name of the teacher in "Here There Be Tygers"?

4. How does Randy revive LaVerne?

5. What happens to Curt Garrish when he speaks with several of his peers on his way back to his dorm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the implied source of the infestation in "The Mist"? How does he make this implication? What do you think King is trying to say with this implication?

2. What is the significance of the "Execute" button on the word processor, and how does Richard feel when looking at that button for the first time?

3. "The Wedding Gig" is rife with metaphors, figures of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. For example, "Love is a rose" is a metaphor. Identify a metaphor from "The Wedding Gig" and identify the two things being compared.

4. Why do you think King bases his entire introduction on a seemingly mundane conversation with a friend?

5. In "The Jaunt," Mark's family is destroyed by Mark's own deception. Given the reasons for his deception, do you think he was justified in his actions.

6. In "The Monkey," what does the stuffed creature represent to Hal? What fears does it reawaken within him?

7. While Randy is trying to save Deke from being sucked between the cracks in the raft by the black, oil-like creature, what is Randy doing to try and stay sane through the unbelievable situation?

8. In what format is "Paranoid: A Chant" written, and what significance does it lend to the story?

9. "Word Processor of the Gods" could fit into several different genres. Which genre do you think it fits into best and why?

10. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

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